Meet our team

All teachers have First Aid & WWCC

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Shannen Cass

RSD Studios Director

All Styles.

Learn more about Shannen...

Shannen, RSD Studio Director, started dancing when she was two years old. Shannen always dreamed of owning her own studio and creating a space where dancers could feel nurtured and inspired.


Shannen completed her full time studies at Patricks School of the Arts and went on to perform in a number of shows, most notably Le Grand Cirque, Fashion Aid and many more. Before opening the studio in 2015.


With over 12 years teaching experience, Shannen prides herself in providing a safe and supportive studio which has strong family values.

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Peta Byrne

Head of Ballet

Cecchetti Syllabus

Learn more about Peta...

Peta, is a former professional classical ballet dancer and has been teaching Cecchetti ballet for over 30 years. She holds a Diploma of Dance from Victorian College of the Arts, and Advanced Diploma in Teaching from the The Australian Ballet School and is also a Licentiate with Cecchetti Ballet School.

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Karla Tonkich

Head of Vocal & Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre, Vocal Coaching

Learn more about Karla...

Karla graduated from WAAPA as a Music Theatre student and immediately joined the Australian touring cast of “Legally Blonde”. She then received the principal role in “Grease” The Musical. From then played ‘The Green Fairy’, the lead burlesque performer on the world tour of Spiegel world’s “Absinthe Tour Le Monde” and in 2016 joined the Australian tour of the Queen musical “We Will Rock You”. Most recently she joined Bring it On where she played the main role and also starred in Brigadoon.  

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Taylor Diamond-Lord 

Elite Teacher

Acro, Hip Hop

Learn more about Taylor...

New Zealand born Taylor specialises in Hip Hop and Acrobatics. Taylor started dancing at 10 years old and since then studied full time dance at The Edge Performers School whilst training with some of Melbourne’s best Hip Hop crews.


Taylor has been an integral member of the Masters of Choreography dance theatre and performance company and has travelled to London as part of the Beats on Pointe show. Taylor has danced all over Australia and choreographed Jay Sean’s performance at the 2018 Grand Prix

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Claire Thompson

Elite Teacher

All Styles

Learn more about Claire...

Claire started dancing at Bev Palmer Dancers at the age of 3. She danced in all forms of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. As she got older, she also took acrobatics classes and singing lessons.


Claire studied full time dance at Patricks Studios Australia and has performed at many corporate events, competitions and fashion shows. Claire has been a cast member of many productions including the Wizard of Oz, Oliver, Boy from Oz, Kismet and Le Grande Cirque.

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Dylan Speedy


Acro, TapL

Learn more about Dylan...

Dylan has grown up in a dance family, his mother owning a dance school. He developed his love of all styles of dance, especially hip hop, tap and acrobatics. At a young age, Dylan starred in The Boy from Oz alongside Hugh Jackman. Most recently, he has wowed audiences all over the world on board Princess Cruises and also performed in Paris Disneyland. He also performed in Twisted Broadway with some of Australia's well known musical theatre and dance professionals for charity. We are excited to welcome Dylan as our resident Tap and Acro teacher on Thursday night. 

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Casey Chellew


All Styles

Learn more about Casey...

Casey is extensively trained in lyrical, contemporary, ballet and jazz, with a passion towards choreography. Casey trained and completed her Certificate 4 in Dance Teaching and Management at Transit Dance and has completed her Bachelor of Creative Arts at university. Casey is the director of Melbourne based contemporary company, Indefinite Dance Company and is an award winning choreographer; her work being chosen to be performed at such events including Grounded: Battle of the Arts, RAW: Natural born artists, VDF Gala and Dream Dance Company’s Industry Night in Sydney. 

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Liv Steny


All Styles

Learn more about Liv...

Liv completed her full time dance at Jason Coleman's Ministry of Dance and most recently completed a contract with Tokyo Disney. She joins RSD Studios as a technical trainer focussing on all styles including Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz and Ballet. Liv is Cecchetti trained and is currently completing her certified Cecchetti teacher qualifications. Liv will  also take Ballet and technique privates at RSD and we are excited to welcome her onboard!

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Cassidy Lemon


All Styles

Learn more about Cass...

Cassidy started dancing at a young age, dancing in all styles. After school, she completed her Full time training at Patrick Studios Australia. Cass became a cheerleader for Melbourne storm and performed at many corporate and private functions. Cass is a versatile dancer, who can dance in all styles. 

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Megan Hedges

Junior Teacher

All Styles

Learn more about Megan...

Megan started dancing at a young age and has been a dancer herself at RSD Studios for over 10 years. 

She teaches and nurtures all the junior dancers and is a much loved Ready Set Dance teacher to our youngest students. She also teaches jazz, ballet and lyrical.

Megan has just completed her bachelor degree in Nursing and will start her new career in 2021 whilst being an integral part of the RSD teaching faculty.

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Jade Piva

Junior Teacher

All Styles

Learn more about Jade...

Jade started dancing at the age of 8 to be with her friends who also loved to dance. She has a passion for Hip Hop and Commercial Jazz and has been dancing at RSD Studios for many years as an Elite dancer.


In 2021, Jade will complete her full time dance at Patrick Studios Australia.

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Amanda Delaine

Junior Teacher

All Styles

Learn more about Amanda...

Amanda started gymnastics at a young age and commenced her dancing career at age 11. She has a passion for Acro, lyrical, jazz and contemporary and has been dancing at RSD Studios for many years as an Elite dancer.

During 2021, Amanda will complete her full time dance at Patrick Studios Australia.